Cybercriminals now target job hunters, according to local telcos.

“The recent SMS spamming activities are specific to job hiring,” says Angel Redoble, PLDT and Smart Communication Inc.’s Chief Information Security Officer.

He likened the scheme to ‘digital pyramiding’.

“If mobile users open the link from the scam text messages, they will be redirected to the WhatsApp platform, in which they will be offered an attractive salary package, ranging from P500 to P10,000,” Redoble explained.

Misled users are first prompted to provide their personal information and to open an account in a platform managed by the scammer.

In this channel, interested job applicants are lured to deposit cash, from which they will be receiving a percentage as commission.

However, once the investments have added up to huge quantities, the individual will no longer be able to withdraw his or her commission pay and will be notified to access the Telegram app for cash transactions in bigger amounts.

PLDT and Smart have designed Indicators of Compromise (IOC) to identify such malicious activities and to address potential cyber threats to the network.

Through a multiple-layer blocking system, CSOG protects subscribers by flagging mobile numbers, domains, and IP addresses that the system finds threatening.

As this new modus is proving to be a novel phishing scam, the PLDT Group advises the public…

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